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Pinellas schools employee tries to scam colleague

A Pinellas County public school employee was taken into custody Monday, accused by deputies of using a colleague's personal information to try to open a credit card account.

Michele J. Roe, 55, of St. Petersburg and an assistant bookkeeper at Nina Harris School, accessed records to obtain the personal information of her colleague, a 79-year-old woman who was not identified, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Roe then tried to open a Capital One credit card account, deputies said. Investigators stopped her before she submitted the application, according to Sheriff's Office, and the other woman didn't accrue any losses.

Roe faces one charge of fraudulent use of personal identification information. She was being held at the Pinellas County jail Tuesday on $10,000 bail.

Investigators believe there could be more victims. They asked anyone with additional information to call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200.

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